Reading in School

Reading is at the center of everything we do at Stoke Park Schools.

Each child has been provided with a book bag and a Rooted in Reading Passport.  They should also be bringing home one or two books a day.

  • The first book is based on their reading ability and they will have selected this from books provided within their reading group.
  • The second book is one they have chosen themselves purely to enjoy reading or being read to, for pleasure.  Therefore, this book maybe more difficult or easy than you would expect but it will be about something the child is really interested in reading about, possibly their class topic.  The idea behind this is that you can enjoy sharing books at home together.

     Don’t forget we are a Bug Club Silver Champion School so your child also has access to a range of exciting e-books online!

All children receive a small group guided reading session each week. The sessions are carefully planned to the needs of the children and focus on one or two key objectives. Children also have reading journals where they complete reading comprehension activities and reading tasks that either consolidate or extend their learning.

See below for our reading objectives for each year group

Stoke Park School Reading Objectives

Reading Recovery

At Stoke Park we have our very own Reading Recovery Teacher, Mrs Deadman.

Reading recovery is a personalised program designed for children aged  5 years 9 months – 6 years 3 months who are struggling to learn to read and write.

The children have an individual, daily lesson of 30 minutes with a specially trained reading recovery teacher. In these lessons they will read several books, work with letters and words to improve word building skills and write a short story. Lessons usually continue for 16-20 weeks depending on progress.

The aim is to bring the child’s reading up to the average for their age and boost their confidence and enjoyment of learning.

Further information can be found at www.readingrecovery.org.uk

Reading at Home

The single most valuable activity that you can do to help your child to learn to read is to read at home with your child every evening.  The more children read the better they become at it!

Watch this video to find out more:  Reading with your Children

You can also try the following ideas when reading together at home:

1. Agree a time in the day when you are going to read and then stick to it. This will prevent any arguments. For younger children this will probably need to be earlier in the evening than for older children.

2. Agree a length of time – 10-15 minutes is a sensible length of time.

3. Read together – the child doesn’t have to read every word! You as parents can model good reading and help children to learn to read for pleasure.

4. Sometimes it helps to point to the word or use a ruler. This helps your child keep their place and is especially important for children with dyslexia.

5.  When listening to your child read try to encourage them to sound the word out. Of course, this is not possible for all words but children can attempt most words if they know the letter and blend sounds that they make. For more information please see our Phonics page.

6.  There are some words in the English language which you can’t sound out – these are often know as ‘Tricky words’ or ‘key words’. For these words your child needs to use a variety of other skills, starting with ‘sight reading’ (learning to recognise and remember the word as a whole instead of trying to break it down into its individual sounds).

Children in Reception and KS1 are given a variety of ‘tricky words’ to learn each week and helping your child to do this will have a big impact on their ability to read.

Here is a booklet containing all of the key words your child needs to learn:

This video also provides some good ideas on how to do this:  Tricky Words

7. Once your child is able to read the words correctly, many parents make the mistake of assuming that their child understands what the words they are reading actually mean. Children often learn to read words without understanding them and it is therefore important that you check regularly that your child understands the words within a book.

A good way of helping your child make sense of a new book is to discuss with them beforehand the meaning of new (or technical) words that will appear in the book.

8. Once your child can read the words in a book it is important that they begin to become fluent readers by reading the punctuation which gives a sentence its meaning. This is best done by encouraging your child to read aloud.

First, read a section of the text to them, showing them how it should be read. Tell your child that they should pause and take a breath whenever they see a full stop and that they should pause for ‘half a breath’ when they see a comma.

Next, encourage them to read it back to you. For some children this will be enough and they will naturally pick up on the punctuation cues as they read. However, many children will need to re-read extracts or pages.  A good way to get your child to read with expression is to ask them to read the same extract for a second time, focusing on expression. 

9.  We want our children to read with understanding. So when reading with your child, encourage them to think about the main points, characters or plot of the book. Ask questions like:

– Why is [the character] doing/ saying/ feeling like that?

– How do you feel reading this part of the story? Why?

– What do you think will happen next?

Where possible, encourage your child to give examples from the story or text to justify their opinions.

10.  Read anything and everything!  Make your children realize how you use reading all the time in real life by encouraging them to help you read letters, menus, signs, comics, magazines, newspapers, song lyrics, fliers, leaflets, web-pages and online e-books etc.

Other ways to help your child with their Reading:

Help them learn the Rhyme of the Fortnight’.

Join the local Library – it’s free!  We have strong links with both Eastville and Horfield Libraries and your child can get their reading passport stamped at either of these libraries as well as in school.  Children in KS1 also get the chance to visit Horfield Library three times a year, you are welcome to join them on their visits.  Please contact your child’s class teacher for more information.

James Patterson, a famous American author also has his own top ten tips for reading with your children, which you might find helpful.

Visit Bug Club and other websites for online e-books or book extracts and recommended reads such as  www.oxfordowl.co.uk and www.lovereadingforkids.co.uk see our online learning page for more ideas.

A school bookshop run by the PTA is open each week (please check for days and times) where children and their parents have the opportunity to buy from a wide range of fiction and non-fiction and discounted prices.  Come along and buy a book!